The wisest man on earth wrote under the inspiration of God, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14).
The whole duty of man is summed up in the recognition of God and obedience to His wise Commandments that are listed in Exodus 20:3-17. Paul stated the same truth in Acts 17:24–31; Rom. 1:20–23). It is man’s duty, his destiny, to obey God, and in so doing he will find supreme joy and peace. Whatever his situation in life may be, whether it is in difficulty or ease, it remains his duty to give a loving obedience to his Creator and Redeemer.
Men’s thoughts, words and deeds will be judged (Matt. 12:36, 37; 2 Cor. 10:5; Matt. 5:22, 28; etc.). People may hide their words and deeds from other men, but “all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Heb. 4:13). In the great day of judgement, it is those who have done the will of God who will enter the kingdom (Matt. 77:21–27). To claim loyalty to God and at the same time disobey even one commandment that His wisdom and love may ask of us, is to worship God in vain (Mark 7:7–9), for in that great day every man will be rewarded “according to his works” (Matt. 16:27; Rev. 22:12).
But the good news is that God gives His children the power to obey Him for without Him they can do nothing (John 15:5). Through the life and death of Christ (John 3:16), the Lord provided all the grace necessary for man to live a pure life (Philippians 4:13). By faith, the Lord grants the believers both the will and the strength to overcome sin “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). And finally, He rewards them with everlasting life in glory (Jude 1:21).
In His service,
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